IRB Guidance and Resources

Cornell IRB guidance and policies, and links to external sources to help you plan, obtain, and maintain IRB approval for your project

UPDATED 07/30/2020:

Cornell University has been cleared by New York state to restart research activities, in a staged, limited manner. In mid-May, the Cornell Research and Operations Reactivation Committee published a guide for the safe restart of the university's research, which includes the requirement that researchers must submit a reactivation plan to their college/unit for approval before returning to campus.

On July 1, a sub-committee on Human Subjects Research Reactivation published new guidelines for reactivating in-person human subjects research on Cornell’s Ithaca, Geneva, and Cornell Tech campuses. These guidelines provide a means for each college/unit to decide if a research reactivation plan that involves in-person, on-campus human subjects research can be approved. Any changes to IRB protocols must also be reviewed by the IRB.

On July 28, the IRB published additional guidance for investigators on conducting in-person research during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please visit the IRB COVID-19 FAQs page for updates and contact the IRB if you have any questions.

Looking for guidance and resources? The links and documents below will help you to understand the main processes and guidelines used by the Cornell IRB, as well as external policies, regulations and best practices that might apply to your research using human participants.

Cornell IRB Guidance & Procedures

External Regulations & Guidance

Here is a list of selected laws, regulations and guidelines concerning the conduct of research with human participants:

The Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the “Common Rule”)

The Belmont Report

HIPAA Privacy Rule

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 21 CFR Regulations

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

New York State’s Article 24-A: Protection of Human Subjects

New York Civil Rights Law Section 79-l: Confidentiality of records of genetic tests